With 15 disposals to his name in his first Seniors game for the Box Hill Hawks, Connor O’Sullivan could not be happier with his debut
‘It was pretty exciting to be out there but I’ve got areas that I need to improve just like everyone else… I got pretty beaten around today in terms of hitouts.’
Having only moved to Box Hill this season, O’Sullivan has had no trouble fitting in with the rest of the boys, thriving on such a supportive atmosphere.
‘It’s really good to be at Box Hill, I love the comradery of the club. I played at the Eastern Ranges with Jordan Walker, Sam Gibson and Aaron Bond so it’s made it easier having a few familiar faces here.’
‘You also can’t go past David Mirra for support and I think everyone here would say the same thing.’
‘The way he applies himself, it’s like having another coach. If you work hard and focus on what you want, he’ll reciprocate.’
Along with having this strong support network at the club, O’Sullivan says that he is lucky to have plenty encouragement coming from his family.
‘Mum and Dad are always there. I’ve got a younger brother who plays basketball so they take turns at coming to games.’
‘They were in Noosa for the game against the Blues but they spent the last day up there around a radio listening to the game, I couldn’t ask for a better family.’
Like most payers at Box Hill, it is his mother’s pasta that O’Sullivan turns to the night before a game.
‘I always go for mum’s pasta before a game and am usually in bed pretty early. The morning of the game, it’s oats and eggs.’
Outside of his football life O’Sullivan is studying to become a Physical Education teacher and is in the last semester of his degree.
‘I love teaching and I’d love to be able to do it at a secondary level and Box Hill has really helped out with that.’
‘David Banfield has been great to speak to about teaching and I’ve had placement at Yarra Valley Grammar which has helped me prepare for the real thing.’
With his recent selection in the senior side, O’Sullivan is keen to keep his football career moving forward, continuing to knock on the door for senior selection.
The Box Hill Hawks Senior side are heading to Geelong this Sunday to take on the Cats at Simonds Stadium at 2:10pm. Be sure to tune into Channel 7 from 2.00pm to catch the live broadcast of the game.
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